Be Our Ghost (Merry Ghost Inn Mysteries, #3)
A delightful read for fans of Donna Andrews and Juliet Blackwell, national bestselling author Kate Kingsbury returns with a third installment of her Merry Ghost Inn mysteries. If bed-and-breakfast owners Melanie and Liza, along with their laughing ghost tenant, can’t find a real estate developer’s killer, their own estate will end up with their next of kin.The Merry Ghost Inn is well and truly open for business. Melanie West and her grandmother, Liza, are rapidly getting the hang of running their charming bed-and-breakfast inn on the rocky Oregon coast. Not that business goes without a hitch—when your hostelry boasts its own laughing resident ghost, you’d better be expect the out-of-the-ordinary. But Melanie and Liza take it all in stride…until a hotshot real estate developer arrives in Sully’s Landing, touting his plans to build a tacky amusement arcade smack dab in the middle of the tasteful cliff-side town. No one in Sully’s Landing can stand the gaudy developer, but it’s still a shock when he ends up murdered. It’s even more shocking when Liza’s friend, Doug, emerges as the chief suspect. Melanie and Liza put on their sleuthing caps yet again and set out to clear Doug’s name. But the ante is upped when Max, Melanie’s beloved sheepdog/wolfhound mix, disappears. When Max reappears just as mysteriously as he vanished, with a threatening note attached to his collar, Melanie and Liza know the killer is on to them. They nearly check into accommodations six feet under when, en route to the crime scene, their brakes give out and they narrowly miss plunging over the cliffs to the beach below. Meanwhile, the merry ghost who haunts the inn tries to help by dropping clues for Melanie to find, but her mind is otherwise preoccupied when the killer kidnaps Liza and holds her prisoner. Now, it’s up to Melanie to piece together the ghost’s clues, save her mother, exonerate her friend, keep her guests happy, and make sure Max gets his walkies in Kate Kingsbury’s third mirthful Merry Ghost Inn mystery, Be Our Ghost.

Be Our Ghost (Merry Ghost Inn Mysteries, #3) Details

TitleBe Our Ghost (Merry Ghost Inn Mysteries, #3)
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LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 9th, 2018
PublisherCrooked Lane Books
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GenreMystery, Cozy Mystery, Fiction

Be Our Ghost (Merry Ghost Inn Mysteries, #3) Review

  • Carrie
    January 1, 1970
    Be Our Ghost by Kate Kingsbury is the third book of the cozy Merry Ghost Inn mystery series. Each book in the series contains it’s own mystery within so they can be read as a standalone if choosing to do so. However, there is some character building that goes on from book to book so reading in order would give the full story.The Merry Ghost Inn centers around Melanie and Liza who have purchased the B&B that had it’s own little twist of being possibly haunted. Melanie and her grandmother, Liz Be Our Ghost by Kate Kingsbury is the third book of the cozy Merry Ghost Inn mystery series. Each book in the series contains it’s own mystery within so they can be read as a standalone if choosing to do so. However, there is some character building that goes on from book to book so reading in order would give the full story.The Merry Ghost Inn centers around Melanie and Liza who have purchased the B&B that had it’s own little twist of being possibly haunted. Melanie and her grandmother, Liza, have nicknamed their ghost Orville who has helped the pair along as they have already solved two murders since buying the B&B.The ladies have been enjoying running their busy B&B in the small town of Sully’s Landing but become worried when a real estate developer shows up in town with plans to open an amusement arcade right in the middle of town they aren’t the only ones worried. What they never expected though was for the developer to be murdered and a good friend of theirs become the number one suspect leading them to interfere in yet another investigation in the small town.Another great installment of this wonderful series full of fun and mystery. You just can’t top the quirkiness of having a laughing ghost that plays a small part in each read and just may help along the investigation. Of course Melanie and Liza are great character too along with the other side characters and there’s always plenty of suspects to look at to discover the murderer. Definitely recommend checking out this fun series.I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.For more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.com/
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  • Linda
    January 1, 1970
    The body count is rising at the haunted Merry Ghost Inn. The ghost, Orville, has become more active laughing and moving things around and trying to communicate. Melanie West and her grandmother, Liza, love the peace and quiet of the Oregon coastline where their Bed and Breakfast Inn is located. Trouble begins when a local businessman, Jason Northwood, pushes council members to vote for a huge games arcade with a bar he wants to build. Hours after the meeting, Northwood is dead. The author sets u The body count is rising at the haunted Merry Ghost Inn. The ghost, Orville, has become more active laughing and moving things around and trying to communicate. Melanie West and her grandmother, Liza, love the peace and quiet of the Oregon coastline where their Bed and Breakfast Inn is located. Trouble begins when a local businessman, Jason Northwood, pushes council members to vote for a huge games arcade with a bar he wants to build. Hours after the meeting, Northwood is dead. The author sets up numerous well-known townspeople as suspects. Liza is determined to clear her friend, Doug Griffith’s name with Melanie’s amateur sleuthing help.I found book three as enjoyable as the first two stories. The plot immediately captured my attention and kept me wondering who the villain was and what their motive could be. The interwoven mystery of Melanie’s missing mother is another interesting part of this plot, and I enjoyed the progression of that investigation, also. Delicious recipe included for your enjoyment.Note: Spider sightings! Just skip a couple of lines and keep reading. 😊I reviewed an arc provided by NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books. Thank you.
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  • Juli
    January 1, 1970
    Melanie West and her grandmother, Liza, run the Merry Ghost Inn in Sully's Landing. The quiet, comfortable atmosphere of Sully's Landing is a real tourist draw. People who want some serious R&R enjoy the small town atmosphere. Unfortunately, a local wants to change the vibe of the town. Jason Northwood is proposing a large arcade and other changes that might transform the town into one of those cookie-cutter, bright lights, jangling tourist trap towns. Three buildings downtown are going to b Melanie West and her grandmother, Liza, run the Merry Ghost Inn in Sully's Landing. The quiet, comfortable atmosphere of Sully's Landing is a real tourist draw. People who want some serious R&R enjoy the small town atmosphere. Unfortunately, a local wants to change the vibe of the town. Jason Northwood is proposing a large arcade and other changes that might transform the town into one of those cookie-cutter, bright lights, jangling tourist trap towns. Three buildings downtown are going to be demolished to make way for the arcade and many local residents and business owners are upset. But how can anybody fight a billionaire? It seems Northwood's plans will go through no matter what locals think. Well....at least until he is found stabbed to death after a meeting about the arcade plans. All of the local residents who attended the meeting are suspects. Who decided to block Northwood's plans by killing him? When local pub owner Doug Griffith is arrested, Melanie knows he is innocent. She has to find the real killer!I enjoyed Be Our Ghost, the third book in the Merry Ghost Inn Mystery series. My favorite character is Cindi Metzger, the assistant who moves to the beat of her own drum. She had a rough childhood but got past it. Now she loves to express her individuality through her clothes, jewelry and tattoos. She has her own sense of style and doesn't care what anyone else thinks about it. I enjoy her as a character...quite feisty but loyal to her friends. :) Melanie and Liza are both intelligent and determined women. The story kept my attention from start to finish. The mystery was engaging and had plenty of suspects and twists. The story was nicely paced....not too slow and not too fast. All in all, a nice addition to this cozy series. I will definitely be reading more!**I voluntarily read an advanced readers copy of this book from Crooked Lane via NetGalley. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.**
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  • Diane Hernandez
    January 1, 1970
    In Be Our Ghost, Kate and her grandmother, Liza, run a bed and breakfast in coastal Oregon. When a local businessman is found dead, they investigate to exonerate a local business owner. Soon they are uncovering oodles of secrets in this fine cozy mystery.Norman wants to open a large arcade in small town, Sully’s Landing. When he is found dead shortly before the planning commission’s vote, suspicion falls on commission member, Doug. Doug, the outspoken owner of the town’s hardware store/pub/resta In Be Our Ghost, Kate and her grandmother, Liza, run a bed and breakfast in coastal Oregon. When a local businessman is found dead, they investigate to exonerate a local business owner. Soon they are uncovering oodles of secrets in this fine cozy mystery.Norman wants to open a large arcade in small town, Sully’s Landing. When he is found dead shortly before the planning commission’s vote, suspicion falls on commission member, Doug. Doug, the outspoken owner of the town’s hardware store/pub/restaurant, has venomously opposed the arcade and was seen near the scene of the crime. Liza is convinced that Doug cannot be the murder. As Liza and Melanie investigate, they are assisted by Cindi, their millennial assistant at the inn, and Orville, the inn’s mysterious laughing ghost.I loved the small town setting in coastal Oregon. All the characters were believable. The mystery was clever and the writing well done. My only complaint was that I want more of Orville’s history and motivation. Why is he haunting the inn? How do they know his name is Orville? Also, other than cooking breakfast, we rarely see the mechanics of running the inn, which would be an interesting subplot. Be Our Ghost is the third book in the Merry Ghost Inn Mystery series but it works fine as a stand-alone. The characters are engaging and the mystery is intriguing. It is an excellent choice for a blustery fall afternoon read for cozy mystery fans. 4 stars!Thanks to Crooked Lane Books and NetGalley for an advance copy in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Kristina
    January 1, 1970
    Be Our Ghost by Kate Kingsbury is the third tale in A Merry Ghost Inn Mystery series. Melanie West and Liza Harris own the Merry Ghost Inn in Sully’s Landing, Oregon. Jason Northwood, a developer, wants to build an arcade in town with video & pinball machines, karaoke, a bar and much more. Northwood would need a variance from the Planning Commission and city councilors to proceed with his plan. The day after Northwood held a special event for the people who will vote on his request, he is fo Be Our Ghost by Kate Kingsbury is the third tale in A Merry Ghost Inn Mystery series. Melanie West and Liza Harris own the Merry Ghost Inn in Sully’s Landing, Oregon. Jason Northwood, a developer, wants to build an arcade in town with video & pinball machines, karaoke, a bar and much more. Northwood would need a variance from the Planning Commission and city councilors to proceed with his plan. The day after Northwood held a special event for the people who will vote on his request, he is found dead from a stab wound to the heart. Doug Griffith was vocal against Northwood’s project and had a history with the developer which puts him at the top the police’s suspect list. Liza and Melanie with help from their resident ghost, Orville set out to prove Doug’s innocence. Then their dog, Max vanishes from outside the bakery only to reappear several hours later with a warning note attached. This just makes the duo more determined to catch the guilty party. Melanie and Liza are out asking questions when the brakes give out on their car. Thankfully, they drive into bushes instead of over the cliff. When Liza goes missing, Orville provides a pivotal clue. Can Melanie get to Liza in time? Be Our Ghost is a lighthearted cozy mystery. Melanie West and Liza Harris own the Merry Ghost Inn which is haunted by Orville. I enjoy the paranormal elements and would love to have more ghostly interactions. I am also curious to know more about Orville. I do not understand why Melanie criticizes Orville nor do I like it. There are many cozy moments with cooking, eating, gardening and chatting. Tea is consumed in large quantities. I was happy that Liza and Melanie actively investigated the murder. They questioned various people around town, but they need to work on their technique. There is misdirection and pointed clues. Readers will have no problem solving this whodunit before the reveal. I wish we had been given better closure on the case instead of supposition (what they think happened instead of facts). The ladies are told numerous times to stay out of the investigation which they do not heed (you would think they would be a little wary). Melanie is also searching for her mother. They finally have a lead and Melanie is hopeful. I could have done without the numerous descriptions of Cindi Metzger’s clothing and the lamenting on her tardiness. She wears unique outfits each day which are described in detail. There is a Blueberry French Toast recipe at the end of the book. I am giving Be Our Ghost 3 out of 5 stars. If you are looking for an ethereal and easy to read cozy mystery with a supernatural element, then Be Our Ghost is for you.
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  • JoAn
    January 1, 1970
    Be Our Ghost by Kate Kingsbury was another delightful afternoon read for me. I enjoy returning to Sully's Landing to find out how Mel, Liza and Orville/Arthur are doing now that the B & B is up and running.I love the relationship between Mel and Liza. You can tell that they truly love and care about each other. Ms. Kingsbury's description of the Oregon coast where Sully's Landing and the Merry Ghost Inn are located always makes me feel like I am there with Mel and Liza. All of the characters Be Our Ghost by Kate Kingsbury was another delightful afternoon read for me. I enjoy returning to Sully's Landing to find out how Mel, Liza and Orville/Arthur are doing now that the B & B is up and running.I love the relationship between Mel and Liza. You can tell that they truly love and care about each other. Ms. Kingsbury's description of the Oregon coast where Sully's Landing and the Merry Ghost Inn are located always makes me feel like I am there with Mel and Liza. All of the characters are very likable and I enjoy tagging along with Mel and Liza as they are doing their sleuthing in town. The continuing mystery regarding Mel's mother is also revisited in this book and may be resolved at this point. The plot was quickly paced, there were several suspects and the twists kept me guessing until the reveal.I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book from Crooked Lane Books via NetGalley. All of the above opinions are my own. I would like to sincerely thank Crooked Lane books for providing me with the ARC.
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  • Karen
    January 1, 1970
    In September I started to read Be Our Ghost by Kate Kingsbury. I enjoyed this book and love the idea of A Merry Ghost Inn. The laughing ghost, though unnerving at times is just enough paranormal to keep you believing that the inn is haunted. I love the relationship between Grandmother and Granddaughter, and the mystery was very good. I love the cover of this book as well!
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  • Liina
    January 1, 1970
    Melanie and her grandmother Liz own bed-and-breakfast called The Merry Ghost Inn. They also have a dog called Max and as the B&B's name suggests, there's a ghost named Orville. A real estate developer wants to build a amusement arcade, which locals are not very fond of. When the estate developer is found dead and Melanie and Liz's friend Doug is the main suspect, they want to clean his name and start looking into the case. The closer they get, the more the actual killer wants to silence them Melanie and her grandmother Liz own bed-and-breakfast called The Merry Ghost Inn. They also have a dog called Max and as the B&B's name suggests, there's a ghost named Orville. A real estate developer wants to build a amusement arcade, which locals are not very fond of. When the estate developer is found dead and Melanie and Liz's friend Doug is the main suspect, they want to clean his name and start looking into the case. The closer they get, the more the actual killer wants to silence them.It's the third book in The Merry Ghost Inn series, but first that I read. I really liked the relationship between Melanie and Liza as well as the dog Max and the ghost Orville. The mystery aspect was well written and kept me guessing until the end. Considering the plot, there should be a next book in the series that I eagerly waiting for. I was a bit hesitant about the paranormal aspect in the book, but it was rather fun and I ended up really liking the ghost. It was a great book and would recommend it to other readers, who like cozy mysteries or want to read a good book with mystery in it.
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  • Wendi Lee
    January 1, 1970
    Be Our Ghost is the third book in this cozy mystery series, but the first one for me. I had no trouble diving into the world of Melanie and Liza, and their lives as amateur sleuths and professional inn-keepers. And yes, the Inn is most definitely haunted. There’s a lot of suspects when a big shot from Portland is found dead in his hotel room, but what I enjoyed most were the interactions between grandmother and granddaughter. I loved how they went about doing almost everything together without q Be Our Ghost is the third book in this cozy mystery series, but the first one for me. I had no trouble diving into the world of Melanie and Liza, and their lives as amateur sleuths and professional inn-keepers. And yes, the Inn is most definitely haunted. There’s a lot of suspects when a big shot from Portland is found dead in his hotel room, but what I enjoyed most were the interactions between grandmother and granddaughter. I loved how they went about doing almost everything together without question, because of their symbiotic relationship. I was also a big fan of Max, Melanie’s dog. Oh, and there’s a side story about Melanie’s mother that I found poignant. I already have a lot of cozy mystery series on my TBR, but I’m definitely interested in reading the first two books of this one as well.Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for an arc.
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  • Mayda
    January 1, 1970
    Melanie and her grandmother Liza run a B&B in a quaint little town, but if developer Jason Northwood has his way, that life is in for a drastic change. A vote by the city council will soon decide their fate, but before that can happen, Jason is murdered. All this happens early in the tale, and the rest of the mystery has Liza and Melanie chasing down clues, talking to people, and putting themselves in harm’s way. It’s an interesting mystery, and the setting is delightful, but in this install Melanie and her grandmother Liza run a B&B in a quaint little town, but if developer Jason Northwood has his way, that life is in for a drastic change. A vote by the city council will soon decide their fate, but before that can happen, Jason is murdered. All this happens early in the tale, and the rest of the mystery has Liza and Melanie chasing down clues, talking to people, and putting themselves in harm’s way. It’s an interesting mystery, and the setting is delightful, but in this installment, the story is a bit slow-moving. The action does pick up towards the end, and something does happen that will affect the characters in the future, but there was too much time where not much happened.
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  • Hilary (A Wytch's Book Review)
    January 1, 1970
    Another brilliant visit to The Merry Ghost Inn, and it is wonderful to catch up with Liza, Mel, Cindi and of course Max (oh and Orville/Arthur the aforementioned Merry Ghost!) Even though this is set in the run up to Summer it still makes a perfect Halloween read!Sully's Landing seems the perfect seaside town, shops to wander in, the quirky Hardware Store with the bar/eaterie in it, the B & B and above all the peace and quiet makes it the ideal place to unwind, but changes could be afoot, a Another brilliant visit to The Merry Ghost Inn, and it is wonderful to catch up with Liza, Mel, Cindi and of course Max (oh and Orville/Arthur the aforementioned Merry Ghost!) Even though this is set in the run up to Summer it still makes a perfect Halloween read!Sully's Landing seems the perfect seaside town, shops to wander in, the quirky Hardware Store with the bar/eaterie in it, the B & B and above all the peace and quiet makes it the ideal place to unwind, but changes could be afoot, a Developer wants to take over a few of the stores in the centre of the town and change them into an arcade with gambling machines, fast food places and everything tacky, before he can he needs to get a majority vote from the Town Council on changing the rules for the town and he seems to think that won't be a problem, but Doug (the Hardware owner) and a couple of others are hoping to block it.  The plans are blocked well and truly though a few days later when the Developer is killed and Doug is the prime suspect for the murder (although the others at the meeting are also in the frame).  With Liza determined to prove Doug's innocence, Mel and Liza start to investigate, only to discover they may be getting too close for comfort to the killer when Max (their rescue dog) is kidnapped, and then the brakes on their car are cut.Now they really need to put their virtual deerstalkers on before they join Orville in the afterlife.
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  • Kristen
    January 1, 1970
    This is one of my favourite cozy series'. First I like the humour the author slides in here and there. It is clever and well-done, and I often find myself smiling when I character makes an offhand comment that's amusing. It always adds to a book to have humour.I like the characters in this series a lot. Melanie and Liza are the perfect partners in crime, as Liza never stops to think before charging into things that could get her killed, while Melanie tries to be the voice of reason and do their This is one of my favourite cozy series'. First I like the humour the author slides in here and there. It is clever and well-done, and I often find myself smiling when I character makes an offhand comment that's amusing. It always adds to a book to have humour.I like the characters in this series a lot. Melanie and Liza are the perfect partners in crime, as Liza never stops to think before charging into things that could get her killed, while Melanie tries to be the voice of reason and do their sleuthing as safely as possible. They end up meeting somewhere in the middle, and everybody lives to be nosy another day.The mysteries are your standard small-town secrets stuff, but they are well written and well-plotted and I always enjoy them.Overall this is just a fun, entertaining, easy-to-read cozy series, I really enjoy it!Format note: I've listened to all three books in this series as audio books, since my library had them. The spectacular Tavia Gilbert narrates them, and if you haven't had the pleasure of listening to an audio book narrated by her, you are missing out because she is absolutely amazing! Any book she narrates comes to life with her talent for voicing characters and I recommend any book she narrates.
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  • Patty
    January 1, 1970
    Be Our Ghost by Kate Kingsbury is the 3rd book in the Merry Ghost Inn series, and a good addition. Melanie and her grandmother, Liza, are owners of a bed and breakfast. The town is in a uproar over a real estate developer who wants to build an arcade on the beautiful cliff, when he turns up dead, the mystery begins. Not only is this book really funny, it has a great mystery, with exciting activity. There are twists and turns around every corner. I found this book to be a quick read, with a well Be Our Ghost by Kate Kingsbury is the 3rd book in the Merry Ghost Inn series, and a good addition. Melanie and her grandmother, Liza, are owners of a bed and breakfast. The town is in a uproar over a real estate developer who wants to build an arcade on the beautiful cliff, when he turns up dead, the mystery begins. Not only is this book really funny, it has a great mystery, with exciting activity. There are twists and turns around every corner. I found this book to be a quick read, with a well developed plot and characters. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series. If you love cozy mysteries, I strongly recommend this book. I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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  • Fred
    January 1, 1970
    Be Our Ghost is the third book in the Merry Ghost Mystery series.Liza Harris owns the Merry Ghost Inn and with the help of her granddaughter, Melanie West has been doing very well since opening. The inn also has a resident ghost, Orville, who only laughs once in a while and when the spirit moves him will provide clues for solving of mysteries that might come up from time to time. But things in the quaint little town of Sully’s Landing are in turmoil.Jason Northwood, a real estate developer, is t Be Our Ghost is the third book in the Merry Ghost Mystery series.Liza Harris owns the Merry Ghost Inn and with the help of her granddaughter, Melanie West has been doing very well since opening. The inn also has a resident ghost, Orville, who only laughs once in a while and when the spirit moves him will provide clues for solving of mysteries that might come up from time to time. But things in the quaint little town of Sully’s Landing are in turmoil.Jason Northwood, a real estate developer, is trying to get the residents to support to build an arcade in the business district of town. Sully’s Landing does enjoy a decent summer tourist crowd but the residents feel that for the most part, the little town will end up being overrun with tourist, to say nothing of the loss of several longtime downtown businesses. Northwood has scheduled a meeting in his hotel room of the towns council members to try and convince them to support his development plan. A few hours after the meeting broke up Northwood’s body is found in his room.Everyone at the meeting is considered persons of interest, but soon the police have fingered Shaun, owner of the hardware cafe and a good friend of Liza, as the murderer. Liza and Melanie both feel that Shaun is not the killer and set off on their own investigation. Once again Kate Kingsbury provides the reader with a well-plotted and nicely paced story with a cast of wonderful characters and one ghost. The ghost, Orville, only contributes a few laughs and will leave some clues for Melanie and Liza to follow.A delicious sounding recipe is also included in the book.I will definitely be watching for the next book in this enjoyable series.
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  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    Melanie West and her grandmother, Liza, are settling into running The Merry Ghost Inn on the Oregon coast. Business is going well, and their resident ghost is known to laugh and insert himself into situations.But then a real estate developer arrives in Sully’s Landing, intending to build a tacky amusement arcade smack dab in the middle of the tasteful cliff-side town. No one is happy about it, so when the developer turns up dead there are plenty of suspects…and one of them is Doug, who runs the Melanie West and her grandmother, Liza, are settling into running The Merry Ghost Inn on the Oregon coast. Business is going well, and their resident ghost is known to laugh and insert himself into situations.But then a real estate developer arrives in Sully’s Landing, intending to build a tacky amusement arcade smack dab in the middle of the tasteful cliff-side town. No one is happy about it, so when the developer turns up dead there are plenty of suspects…and one of them is Doug, who runs the pub inside the hardware store. Doug is a particular friend of Liza’s and she is ready to investigate and clear his name.In the process, Melanie and Liza face dog-nappers, car wrecks and a killer who is determined to remain a secret, and just might kill Liza to remain so.The third installment in the Merry Ghost series is just as entertaining as the first one. As I was reading this one I realized I hadn’t read the second one, but that didn’t keep me from knowing what was happening in this book.Despite being warned off by the police, Melanie and Liza are determined to find the killer and clear Doug’s name. Their investigation is good, and the fact that the Orville, the ghost, drops clues as it proceeds adds to the story. I like the way Melanie and Liza play off each other. Their relationship is deep, since Liza raised Melanie after her mother disappeared years ago. They work well together, and the relationship adds to the emotion in the book.I have to admit at the end I was shaking my Kindle and telling them to call the police instead of wading into the situation. But I still liked the ending, even if I had figured out whodunit by listing to Orville’s clues.The ending of the book left me wanting to know when book four will be out, so the reader can be let into what is happening in the search for Melanie’s mother. This is definitely a fun series that provides hours of reading enjoyment.I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.
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  • Joan
    January 1, 1970
    When a hot shot developer has plans to open an arcade in the downtown area of a scenic Oregon coastal village, the locals are upset. When he is murdered, several people who were opposed to his scheme are suspected, foremost being Doug, owner of local hardware store/pub/cafe and friend of Melanie's grandmother Liza.Melanie and her grandmother are owners of the Merry Ghost Inn. It seems, however, that they dump a lot of the work onto young helper Cindi while they are off all day confronting suspec When a hot shot developer has plans to open an arcade in the downtown area of a scenic Oregon coastal village, the locals are upset. When he is murdered, several people who were opposed to his scheme are suspected, foremost being Doug, owner of local hardware store/pub/cafe and friend of Melanie's grandmother Liza.Melanie and her grandmother are owners of the Merry Ghost Inn. It seems, however, that they dump a lot of the work onto young helper Cindi while they are off all day confronting suspects with very blunt questions. For Liza it is more than the need to find the murderer so that her friend will not be arrested, she actively thrives on her self imposed role of investigator. Although we are supposed to like this feisty Brit in her 70's, I find her quite abrasive. She is constantly criticizing Cindi, their employee. While she chastises Cindi for her language, she uses the word "bugger" frequently herself. Liza's daughter went to England years ago after the death of her young husband. When she seemed to just disappear, 4 year old Melanie stayed to live with her grandparents (he passed away at some point, leaving Liza free now to start dating Doug). For years they have been searching for Janice, and it appears that they have finally found her. It seems that she was mugged on her arrival in England, thrown under a bus, and developed amnesia. In this third book of the series, Melanie has her first date with policeman Ben. Things are looking up for Melanie, if only her grandmother does not get her killed during their next investigation.
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  • The Bookish Hooker
    January 1, 1970
    Be Our Ghost was a fun, cozy mystery that I thoroughly enjoyed. The novel follows Melanie and her grandmother, Liza, as they run their bed and breakfast on the Oregon coast with the companionship of their dog, Max. Their small town of Sully's Landing is facing changes as the council votes to approve the building of a new arcade. With deep concerns regarding the preservation of their quaint town, the residents and several council members strongly oppose the new venture. When the building;s develo Be Our Ghost was a fun, cozy mystery that I thoroughly enjoyed. The novel follows Melanie and her grandmother, Liza, as they run their bed and breakfast on the Oregon coast with the companionship of their dog, Max. Their small town of Sully's Landing is facing changes as the council votes to approve the building of a new arcade. With deep concerns regarding the preservation of their quaint town, the residents and several council members strongly oppose the new venture. When the building;s developer is murdered, Liza's friend Doug is the main suspect. Melanie and her grandmother must work to clear his name before it's too late. The coastal setting, well developed characters, and suspenseful mystery plot work together to make this a great cozy read. I loved that the ghost portion of the story was somewhat toned down from other paranormal mysteries that I've read. While I don't oppose the addition of a ghost element, I tend to choose books that don't have this in them. Having it be a part of the story, but a subtle part, made for the perfect proportions. Though, I had guessed correctly the end result of the mystery, I had enough doubts that I was still surprised at the end. The addition of a second mystery plot surrounding the disappearance of Melanie's mother was also intriguing.Overall, this was a great story and I look forward to reading the rest of the series. A big thanks to the publisher, Crooked Lane Books, and Netgalley for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Patricia Romero
    January 1, 1970
    Melanie and her grandmother, Liza, along with their resident ghost Orville/Arthur, are doing very well with their Bed and Breakfast on the Oregon coast. Sully's Landing is such a charming town and everyone would like it to stay that way.When an outside real estate developer tries to bulldoze his way in with ideas of a huge arcade taking the place of long-established businesses, the locals are divided and some would rather see the man rot in hell.But when their friend Doug is taken in for questio Melanie and her grandmother, Liza, along with their resident ghost Orville/Arthur, are doing very well with their Bed and Breakfast on the Oregon coast. Sully's Landing is such a charming town and everyone would like it to stay that way.When an outside real estate developer tries to bulldoze his way in with ideas of a huge arcade taking the place of long-established businesses, the locals are divided and some would rather see the man rot in hell.But when their friend Doug is taken in for questioning, Liza insists they clear his name.But will it be at the cost of their own lives? Because the killer is leaving some pretty harsh hints for them to keep their curious noses out of other people's business!The love and friendship between Melanie and her grandmother, Liza, is a beautiful theme in these mysteries. Melanie is still searching for her missing mother but will the ladies live long enough to find out any news?I read this entire book with a pot of tea and the rain pelting my windows and it was a perfect afternoon.Netgalley/ Crooked Lane Books October 09, 2018
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  • Anna Fox
    January 1, 1970
    The relationship between grandmother (Liz) and granddaughter (Melanie) is great. The hunt for the missing mother is ongoing. The main mystery for this book is a developer is killed and one of the suspects is a friend. The ghost that haunts the B & B is trying to communicate with Liz & Melanie. Melanie's has a romantic interest - Officer Ben Carter. We also have a pet dog - Max. I received an arc provided by NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books for an honest review. Thank you. - Enjoying the The relationship between grandmother (Liz) and granddaughter (Melanie) is great. The hunt for the missing mother is ongoing. The main mystery for this book is a developer is killed and one of the suspects is a friend. The ghost that haunts the B & B is trying to communicate with Liz & Melanie. Melanie's has a romantic interest - Officer Ben Carter. We also have a pet dog - Max. I received an arc provided by NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books for an honest review. Thank you. - Enjoying the series and look forward to more.
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  • Amary Chapman
    January 1, 1970
    Kate Kingbury's newest addition to the Merry Ghost Inn is a delight. When a dear friend of Liza's is a murder suspect, she and her granddaughter, Melanie pull out all the stops for information. It is a fun and humorous cozy with a paranormal twist and a little romance added. The added mystery running through the series shows promise that it may be soon solved in a positive manner.....Here's hoping I requested and received an ARC from NetGalley, gratis, to peruse and offer my opinion.
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  • Amy Bergstrand
    January 1, 1970
    Be Our Ghost by Kate Kingsbury was a quick, cozy little mystery. If you are looking for a mystery that is light, feel-good and easy to read, this book is for you. There was not a lot of character development in this story, )I'm thinking because it was not the 1st of the series), but it wasn't necessary to enjoy the plot and characters. Thank you Netgalley for providing me with this ERC in return for an honest review.
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  • Melanie
    January 1, 1970
    The grandmother seemed stupid, not brave while not caring that someone tried to kill her and her granddaughter. She was rude and acted all bothered with the fact that people didn’t like being accused of murder. She was loud and obnoxious. She would scold the assistant for perceived improper manners but just went on confronting people over and demanding things. I think there is a way to question people without being like that. I see that dissing every type of parenting other than breeding is goin The grandmother seemed stupid, not brave while not caring that someone tried to kill her and her granddaughter. She was rude and acted all bothered with the fact that people didn’t like being accused of murder. She was loud and obnoxious. She would scold the assistant for perceived improper manners but just went on confronting people over and demanding things. I think there is a way to question people without being like that. I see that dissing every type of parenting other than breeding is going to be a plot point. The MC also mentioned that the ex husband “pops in” every once in a while, which makes me think that he will keep harassing her and she’ll keep letting him. I’m going to be done with this series now.
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  • Rima Aiello
    January 1, 1970
    A truly charming series! This book was full of laughs and also a really well written mystery. This series has been incredibly enjoyable from the very first book and I love how the characters and story has developed! Definitely a great read!
  • Patti
    January 1, 1970
    Meh. Had the cozy elements. Light on the mystery. Ghostly action was negligible, almost nonexistent.
  • Lisa Elizabeth
    January 1, 1970
    A good mystery with a surprising twist at the end. I’m enjoying these characters now that I know them better.
  • Amanda
    January 1, 1970
    This is the 3rd in the Merry Ghost Inn series and is just as cute as the previous 2. Orville didn't seem to be in it as much, but I still enjoyed it. I enjoyed the idea of Liza possibly having a romance!Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for a copy of this book, which I voluntarily chose to review.
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  • Linda Baker
    January 1, 1970
    review to come
  • Olivia
    January 1, 1970
    This wasn't terrible but it also wasn't that great.The mystery was weak and the characters were annoying.Who do I like the most? Max the Dog and Orville the Ghost.Who do I like the least? Liza and Mel.Therefore, I will not be returning to the Merry Ghost Inn.
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  • Anne
    January 1, 1970
    I liked this latest entry in the series. The mystery had me and the characters guessing. I do see character development with Liza and Mel which is nice so soon in a series. The author also does a nice job incorporating many of the townspeople, no matter how briefly.My quibbles: the poor use by Liza and Mel of the ghost. Why don't they make a better effort to develop a positive relationship so the ghost helps out in a more direct, clear way in their cases? I realize they have Cindi to help, but t I liked this latest entry in the series. The mystery had me and the characters guessing. I do see character development with Liza and Mel which is nice so soon in a series. The author also does a nice job incorporating many of the townspeople, no matter how briefly.My quibbles: the poor use by Liza and Mel of the ghost. Why don't they make a better effort to develop a positive relationship so the ghost helps out in a more direct, clear way in their cases? I realize they have Cindi to help, but the guests only seem to eat breakfast, they never check in or ask questions of their hosts. Less details about gardening, more about their actual business (other than cooking breakfast).I received my copy from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Brenda
    January 1, 1970
    Be Our Ghost is the third installment of the A Merry Ghost Inn Mystery series set in the seaside community of Sully's Landing, Oregon and featuring Innkeepers Melanie West and her grandmother, Liza Harris. Things at the B&B have been busy but thanks to their new assistant, Cindi Metzger everything is running smoothly and their resident laughing ghost, Orville has been remarkably quiet.Pushy Portland real estate developer Jason Northwood, has plans to build a huge, noisy arcade and bar in the Be Our Ghost is the third installment of the A Merry Ghost Inn Mystery series set in the seaside community of Sully's Landing, Oregon and featuring Innkeepers Melanie West and her grandmother, Liza Harris. Things at the B&B have been busy but thanks to their new assistant, Cindi Metzger everything is running smoothly and their resident laughing ghost, Orville has been remarkably quiet.Pushy Portland real estate developer Jason Northwood, has plans to build a huge, noisy arcade and bar in the heart of the charming downtown which will mean the loss of several popular businesses as well as destroy the cozy feel of the town. Tensions are running high among the townsfolk with the locals taking sides both for and against the development.A late night meeting of the Planning Commission in Northwood's hotel suite, leads to an early morning discovery of the developer stabbed to death. The only real suspects in the man's death are the members of the commission which include Doug Griffith, owner of the hardware store and pub, and Liza's "special" friend.Determined to clear their friend's name and track down the killer, Melanie and Liza, along with Melanie's furry sidekick, Max set out on a dangerous investigation. Despite the warnings of Melanie's romantic interest Officer Ben Carter not to get involved, the ladies soon discover that more than one of the prominent members of the town council have something in their past that they are desperate to keep hidden.As in the past, Orville reappears with his haunting laughter and subtle clues that point the ladies in the right direction to solve the crime. The continuing secondary plot of the series, involves Melanie's search to find out what happened to her Mother who disappeared when she was just four years old. Her search via the internet continues across the pond in England and a startling discovery is made.A fast paced plot that draws you in from the first page, the return of many well loved characters will not disappoint readers of the series.I received an advanced copy of Be Our Ghost from NetGalley via Crooked Lane Books. While not required to write a review I am more than happy to offer my honest opinion.
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